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AREA OF STUDY: SPECIAL EVENTS GCSE MUSIC FOR AQA SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC CAN BE: From the past From the present International / National Local Celebrating something- birth, wedding, competition Commemorating something- life of someone, memorial SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC IS COMPOSED FOR:

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special events music can be
SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC CAN BE:
  • From the past
  • From the present
  • International / National
  • Local
  • Celebrating something- birth, wedding, competition
  • Commemorating something- life of someone, memorial
special events music is composed for
SPECIAL EVENTS MUSIC IS COMPOSED FOR:
  • Something in particular
  • For an audience to respond to positively
  • Events such as:
  • Coronations / Royal events
  • Weddings / Funerals
  • Openings of Parliament
  • Political , Aristocratic and Celebrity charity events
  • Sports events – Commonwealth games / Olympics / Rugby, Football, Cricket events
  • Pop gatherings for world fund raising
background to special event composers
BACKGROUND TO SPECIAL EVENT COMPOSERS
  • Composers depend on people to pay them to write music for specific events
  • By the 18th century, composers were commissioned by PATRONS - Monarchs, Aristocrats, Church leaders & Politicians
  • Patrons can afford the expense to compose music for a specific event
10 special events for gcse music are
10 SPECIAL EVENTS FOR GCSE MUSIC ARE:
  • Idyll
  • Masque
  • Anthem
  • Fanfare
  • Ode
  • Oratorio
  • Overture
  • Pop anthem
  • Opera
  • Funeral music
idyll
Idyll
  • Greek = “Little picture”
  • Describes a peaceful pastoral scene
  • Sung in verses
  • Invented by Wagner
  • Contains Leitmotiefs – a memorable idea representing a character
masque
Masque
  • 17th century opera for state occasions
  • Lavish vocals, instruments, costumes,dancing,scenery and acting
  • Melodic accents correspond with spoken accents in English
anthem
Anthem
  • Piece of Choral music with a Biblical text
  • Sung at every British Coronations of a Monarch
  • Composers are Handel and Elgar
  • Famous Anthem = Pomp and circumstance marches
fanfare
Fanfare
  • Ceremonial brass music
  • Announces monarchs
  • Patriotic fanfares are to welcome troops back from war; have percussion band alongside the brass instruments
  • 2000 = fanfare to open the Millennium bridge across the Thames river; included a vocal chorus
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Ode
  • Piece of poetry
  • Praises someone of importance
  • Set to ceremonial music
  • Simple or emotional odes
  • Instruments = strings, woodwind,

harpsichord, harp, recorders

overture
Overture
  • Music written at the beginning of opera, play, dance, suite, symphony
  • 1st overture was written by Beethoven in 1811
oratorio
Oratorio
  • Has a sacred subject
  • Performed in concert by soloists, ensembles and choruses
  • Also instrumental ensembles
  • 1st oratorio written in 1600
pop anthem
Pop Anthem
  • Raising world awareness of specific issues like:
  • Famine
  • Aids
  • Olympics
  • World cup Rugby / Football / Cricket ashes
  • 1st pop anthem was in 1985 with Sir Bob Geldoff and Live Aid
  • Used as a means of raising funds for charity organisations
opera
Opera
  • Dramatic fusion of words, music, dancing and acting
  • Birthplace is Italy in the 17th century
  • 1st Opera is Euridice
  • Written for a royal wedding
funeral music
Funeral music
  • Music for any persons’ funeral
  • Famous royal funeral music for Princess Dianna of Wales :
  • Elton John- Goodbye England’s rose